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Great Aging in Place Resources for Boomers and Seniors
Lots going on around my neck of the woods. How about yours? 🙂 I’m staying busy working hard at eating healthy as I plug away on real estate projects including searching for the just perfect 55+ retirement home for a house-hunting client, a fellow baby boomer helping senior parents. And oh my, there are some lovely ones in our Roseville Rocklin Lincoln Sacramento area, I have to say. Three by Del Webb, as well as some other great options.
There are even some delightful “patio homes” by Silverado. They have no real yard, just a little patio for plants. But the houses are gorgeous and range from small to large. There’s even a two-story model with the upstairs area most likely used by caregivers who spend the night or family caregivers who live with the senior. Plus it offers an emergency alert pendant similar to my senior mom’s Lifeline Alert Pendant by Philips. Only this pendant works all through the property area and it signals emergency care personnel who are on an adjoining care facility’s premises 24/7. A very nice option for older boomers and seniors or those with health issues that allow them to be at home with careful care and monitoring. We considered that as it would give my mom an extra cushion of care when I’m out and about. But the patio option that was available at the time was too small and too dark to allow my mom to grow her beloved tomatoes so we went a different direction that is working well for us.
One especially nice thing about all the Del Webb retirement homes and others in the area is that they offer heated swimming pools that allow boomers and seniors to exercise more easily. A great way of staying healthier and active longer! That’s a vital component to successful aging in place.
How about y’all? Do you have these aging in place options in your neck of the woods? I’d love to hear in the comments or at the Facebook page. 🙂
Eating Healthy Tips to Lose Weight
You may remember I wrote in past posts about trying different options in my quest for eating healthy to lose some weight. I spent decades being underweight. Then my metabolism changed and now I’ve joined the ranks of watching my weight – not very successfully the last few years, I’m afraid. I once did the Southbeach Diet and lost about 20-30 pounds and loved it. But I went back to normal eating (and cheating) and gained it all back plus 10. Then I tried the Fat Belly Diet and really liked that. Too much. Especially when I discovered it allowed dark chocolate and cashews. Sadly, those are such favorites I ate a few too many and that failed for me too, though I still think it’s got some good points – just avoid the chocolate and cashews.
Now I’m on a just plain healthy eating diet – low fat and healthy fats, low calorie but tasty calories – and doing much better. I’ve gone two months with no sodas – hooray! And two months with no chocolate – hooray. And I’m half way to my goal. And I have to admit I’m doing fine. I do miss the extra energy from my Cherry Cokes! But I’m walking daily – 2 – 4 miles most days, sometimes more. And the kudos I got from my granddaughter today made it doubly worthwhile. Plus I’m immersing myself in healthy eating cookbooks including the Taste of Home Comfort Foods Diet Book (I have one and there appear to be several others – yummmm) and the very cool Eat This Not That! magazine I purchased in the grocery store. That has a ton of great recipes, tips, and resources.
I’m keeping a daily check on what I eat using the iPhone app CalorieKing (they don’t seem to have it for the Android yet but they do have a great website for all) and on how much I walk with my fave Pedometer. Though I also added the Walker app as it shows me how many calories I’ve burned. (Again, both of these seem to be only for the iPhone but they do have several similar apps for the Android to check out.) One tip though. Walker shows you how many calories your walk burned and CalorieKing lets you type in that amount and subtracts it from the total calories you’ve eaten for the day, which in theory gives you more calories to eat. In reality, I put on another pound when I did that. So now I just look at how much energy I’ve burned but I’m sticking with my daily goal of 1350-1400 calories. And putting to good use the various healthy eating ideas I’ve found online as well as in my books. I’ve created a new Pinterest board – Low Carb and Fat and added tons of great tips and recipes. You can find it at Pinterest.com/KayeSwainRE/recipes-low-carbfat 🙂
Bible Verse Coloring Pages for Grandkids
Speaking of grandkids, it’s almost time for Vacation Bible School and I’m looking forward to it. How about you? Are you helping with one? I’m leading a group again this year. They’ve chosen some great Bible verses for it from 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
God has breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true.
It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again.
It is useful for training us to do what is right.
By using Scripture, the servant of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.
Isn’t that terrific for sharing with our grandkids? And they are coupling the Bible verses with the Armor of God. So, of course, I’m working on Bible verse coloring pages for the class as well as sharing them with my grandkids. 🙂
I want to say a big THANK YOU to Christianity Cove for sharing freely 5 Bible story pictures including the Armor of Faith. They are making a cute combo with the verses, which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.
(Please note, this is the corrected version – saying Belt of Truth 😉 )
Have a great week!
Well, that’s it for now. Have a lovely week full delicious and healthy eating and exercise, not to mention plenty of sweet hugs! 🙂